Fund raising, event management and surveying are some of the most needed tools when running a foundation, cause-driven projects or other Non for Profit organisations. Fortunately for us, with web technologies and cloud-based software, this has never been easier.
Nowadays this enables anyone, no matter where they are, to chip in, be it with funds, ideas or just by spreading the word by sharing with their social media network. Fundraising, a traditionally demanding task, has just gotten a whole lot easier, in a way!
Let’s look at 6 tools you can use for fund raising, surveying and event management. Only a few of the many useful tools available.
Getting people to pull their wallet out
FirstGiving – Be where the giving happens
More digitally generous
The way people donate to worthy causes has shifted towards online giving in the past years. An increase of 61% in the past decade proves giving is going digital. Digital giving study
With FirstGiving.com you can brand your a “hub” for your organisation, where you bring your mission to life with videos and photos. There is an area where you recognise your supporters and foster friendly competition by highlighting top fundraisers and teams.
It also includes email management and direct website donations. An extra perk? You can enable donors to “pay the fee” on their donations so 100% of their intended donations go to your cause.
The costs: $500 annual fee + 5% processing fee + 2.5% credit card fee.
Pozible – Crowdfunding creative projects and ideas
On Pozible.com you can set up your own page, where people can visit and donate money. They will be able to see your target amount, how many people have donated, and receive awards for significant donations as set out by you (for example, a free t-shirt to everyone who donates over $100).
Charities and Not-for-Profits may use Pozible for fundraising if the campaign is for a project with a definitive outcome and a specific target – not a general charitable appeal.
The costs: Only if the project reaches its funding target. Otherwise, no fees apply. A 5% transaction fee may apply + credit and debit card or PayPal fees.
Capturing oh-so-valuable feedback or survey data
Survey Monkey – online survey software & questionnaire tool
If you’re looking for a way to easily create surveys, look no further. SurveyMonkey.com lets you pick between 15 types of question, such as rating scales or multiple choices, all of them with the proper validation. Or if you are unsure of how to begin you can just choose a template from their question bank.
The look and feel of surveys can include your organisation’s logo and colours. Their audience feature enables you to reach segmented targets based on profile criteria, so it’s easier to get feedback from the people you are trying to reach. It includes real-time charts and graphs and the ability to filter and download results.
The costs: Pricing goes from free to $65 per month depending on the account type.
QuestionPro – Online research made easy
With very similar features, QuestionPro also has 15 types of question available as well as different design template for your survey or questionnaire. They are easily distributed by email, on websites, blogs or by QR codes and you can have access to robust, real time reporting and analytics.
Compatible with mobile devices, it also support the creation of surveys in all languages and have advanced “branching logic” or question piping, where you get to show a different question based on previous answers.
The costs: Three plans go from free to $99 per month depending on the account type.
Event management, or the quest to “Who is coming”
EventBrite – Online event registration
Manage your event in 3 simple steps: create an event web page, promote it using their free tools and manage entries on the day. Event-goers can choose between credit card or PayPal payments. EventBrite.com‘s mobile interface enables all of those interested in your event to access the details on the go.
Extra features include attendance tracking, attendee check-in and collection of money or ticket scanning with smartphones at the door.
The costs: Organising an event is free but if money is collected there is a 2.5% service fee + $0.99 per ticket and a 3.5% credit card processing fee.
RegOnline – Registration and management software
Creating your event website is only the beginning for RegOnline.com. You can also send emails to segmented lists and schedule and automate updates and confirmation emails throughout the event lifecycle. Apart from social media promotion, you can allow attendees to easily apply discount codes and sign up for sessions.
With a branded mobile event app, attendees can manage their event registration and access event information on-the-go. Something that makes it stand out from the rest is their on-event and post-event features, providing tools for onsite event badge printing and you can create reports on the outcome of your event and capture leads for new prospects.
The costs: A $3.95 flat fee per registrant
Now go and collect freely!
In the end, keep in mind it’s not only about finding the right online tool. It’s mainly about transmitting a compelling and unique case with enough detail for people to want to commit to it. The quality, importance, significance, value and benefits of your message determine the reach you’ll have.
Each of these tools will help in achieving this, and if in doubt we will gladly help and put you on the right track.